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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records

This star-studded compilation pays tribute to the O.G.'s of Memphis rock ’n’ roll.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


He’s been dead for 25 years, but everybody still wants to be Elvis. Even other rock stars. Especially other rock stars, if the new Sun Records tribute Good Rockin’ Tonight is anything to go by.

Everybody from Paul McCartney (That’s All Right) and Bryan Ferry (Don’t Be Cruel) to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It) give it their best shot, rumbling and mumbling along with the help of old Sun cats like guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana. Not surprisingly, most acquit themselves well. But the ones who tackle other Sun fare truly shine. Elton John repays his debt to Jerry Lee Lewis on The Killer’s Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On, Van Morrison’s duet with Carl Perkins on his own Sittin’ on Top of the World is a treat, and Bob Dylan sounds like … well, Bob Dylan wheezing through Warren Smith’s Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache. It’s all right, mama.